Exploring the Opportunities of the National Estuary Program Coastal Watershed Grant | Capitol Beach

May 4, 2021

Funding for estuary projects and more.

On The Capitol Beach, Derek Brockbank discusses a new(ish) federal grant program to fund local coastal restoration initiatives. Suzanne Simon, with Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), talks about the National Estuaries Program Coastal Watershed Grant (NEP-CWG), including some of the projects funded in 2020 and the process for applying in 2021. They are currently accepting Letters of Intent for 2021 funds through June 7th. Suzanne also explains what the National Estuaries Program is, why it’s run by EPA, and the purpose and range of this grant program. This discussion builds on previous podcasts on the National Coastal Resilience Fund from NFWF and the National Coastal Wetlands Grants from the USFWS.

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Derek Brockbank

Derek Brockbank is Executive Director of Coastal States Organization (CSO), which represents the nation’s Coastal States, Territories, and Commonwealths on ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues. With two decades of experience in Washington DC on coastal adaptation policy and organizational development, Derek is connecting state coastal management programs with federal agencies and resources in order to address the greatest coastal challenges facing society. He previously served as executive director for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) where he led the strategic planning and outreach, government affairs, and development goals of the nation’s leading organization advocating for beach and coastal restoration. Prior to starting with ASBPA, Derek worked as campaign director for a coalition effort to restore the Mississippi River Delta and Coastal Louisiana, and was part of a gulf-wide campaign to pass the RESTORE Act, securing billions of dollars for Gulf Coast restoration. This followed up on his work with National Wildlife Federation on climate adaption. Derek grew up in New York City and got his coastal education from an early age playing on the beaches of Long Island, and kayaking and fishing in Peconic Bay.